Grosses

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.51M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $12.76M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.56MSeptember 22, 2014 01:20 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 million. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation opened in line with expectations and performed well with its price tag in mind. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Maze Runner delivered the sixth largest opening weekend performance of all time for the month of September. The Maze Runner opened 20 percent stronger than the $27.02 million start of last year's Ender's Game and going forward is likely to hold up better than Ender's Game did in part from facing relatively softer competition.

The Maze Runner debuted with $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.89 to 1. The Maze Runner received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging early sign.

The Maze Runner grossed $3.3 million from 351 IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.1 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

After this weekend's performance, Fox has scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted in second place with $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (77 percent). A Walk Among the Tombstones received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to take a significant hit next weekend when Sony's anticipated The Equalizer arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You opened in third place with $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (86 percent). This Is Where I Leave You received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Sony's No Good Deed was down three spots and 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 million. While the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson experienced a sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the film is still performing well with a ten-day take of $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 percent ahead of the $37.75 million ten-day gross of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which fell 58 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.88 million).

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 percent from last weekend, as it was unable to duplicate the second weekend strength of 2011's Dolphin Tale (which fell just 27 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.91 million). Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed a respectable $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to soon surpass the $318.41 million unadjusted final gross of 2008's Iron Man.

On the limited front, A24's Tusk was off to a very soft start with $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Apr. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$8,928,76440%3,73415$2,391$80,882,6032Paramount
2The Croods$8,823,68647%3,879-186$2,275$119,526,2503Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Evil Dead$8,783,208-26%3,025--$2,904$20,682,5581Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$7,024,4850%2,771--$2,535$14,035,1201Universal
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,402,58930%2,0470$2,151$36,169,3592Lionsgate
6Olympus Has Fallen$4,301,36937%3,059-47$1,406$68,518,8573FilmDistrict
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,454,75541%2,905-419$1,189$210,501,9295Disney
8The Host (2013)$2,193,19719%3,2020$685$18,461,9332Open Road
9The Call$1,516,76335%2,002-437$758$44,623,6904Sony / TriStar
10Admission$854,04829%1,407-754$607$14,835,4153Focus
11Spring Breakers$456,89912%1,072-307$426$12,310,5674A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$364,10544%721-361$505$131,052,0859Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$273,18344%524-228$521$129,584,06421Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$229,13451%502-578$456$62,328,2436Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$208,07638%535-1040$389$21,685,4084Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$159,31953%252-50$632$17,097,37713Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$150,81442%269-71$561$123,822,51220Fox
7Safe Haven$117,85619%360-190$327$70,271,4348Relativity Media
8Warm Bodies$116,73640%287125$407$65,514,64410Lionsgate / Summit
9Escape From Planet Earth$109,30528%432-545$253$54,373,0408Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$97,87432%304-442$322$41,730,3597Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$72,25745%22516$321$66,752,6318Fox
1221 And Over$72,21829%180-164$401$25,240,6526Relativity Media
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$62,89860%180-22$349$55,403,30011Paramount
14Django Unchained$57,66233%183-50$315$162,512,16115Weinstein Company
15Emperor$52,27517%120-18$436$3,074,3945Roadside Attractions
16Parental Guidance$37,37324%110-30$340$77,030,52915Fox
17Argo$36,70438%172-88$213$135,875,07926Warner Bros.
18Dead Man Down$20,81644%14671$143$10,813,4335FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,25433%3026$9,308$875,9752Focus
2The Sapphires$136,38471%6048$2,273$368,3133Weinstein Company
3Trance$60,20663%4--$15,052$97,1031Fox Searchlight
4From Up on Poppy Hill$54,35047%4116$1,326$433,1354GKIDS
5Side Effects (2013)$50,07270%80-22$626$31,366,4479Open Road
6Starbuck$27,65968%3114$892$3,591,8703eOne Films US
7Stoker$26,19925%89-105$294$1,611,3036Fox Searchlight
8Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$23,201-12%16--$1,450$49,5671CodeBlack Films
9The Impossible$22,45311%80-6$281$18,890,62816Lionsgate / Summit
10Settai$22,12322%33--$670$40,2301UTV Motion Pictures
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,16242%77-68$223$302,922,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
12To the Arctic 3D$17,001-14%520$327$12,012,96851Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Rise of The Guardians$16,90642%89-45$190$103,386,08620Paramount / DreamWorks
14Born to Be Wild 3D$10,381-8%300$346$22,418,559105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$9,94454%61-38$163$255,8382UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,99846%55-60$164$19,440,0278Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$8,44231%28-73$302$17,174,1917Weinstein / Dimension
18Girl Rising$6,160130%6--$1,027$587,3345Gathr Films
19Camp (2013)$4,207-56%82$526$124,8627Freestyle Releasing
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,383-1%6-5$397$1,557,3687Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$1,650-25%2--$825$3,8421Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$1,62433%12--$135$2,8431Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$56225%2-3$281$1,119,4757UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$433-53%2-5$217$370,1096Methinx Entertainment